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Up In The Air / Re: ITA vs Google Flights
« on: September 16, 2020, 02:48:52 PM »
Any time I try looking flights on google I get "Oops, something went wrong." Any idea what it could be?
Try incognito. Probably some cache issue.

Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: September 15, 2020, 11:57:30 AM »הערכה-בחודשים-הקרובים-גם-קטאר-איירווי/

Seems like Qatar is next
I'm very, very skeptical about that one. Qatar is in the Iran-Syria-Lebanon-Gaza axis or at least a strong sympathizer.

In the cold war for Muslim domination between Iran and KSA they have picked the side of Iran and are very unlikely to normalize relations with Israel anytime soon. Without normalizing relationships and with Israelis not even allowed into the country, it makes zero sense to operate flights.

If Qatar does normalize relations with Israel, it would be part of big shake-up in the Arab world and part of Qatar's return to the KSA group.

Do we give Dan and JJ permission to read this thread now? I think they'll me more impressed with the amount of "back and forths" than the actual gift

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Maldives Master Thread
« on: September 02, 2020, 08:01:56 PM »
Toaster really doesn't take up that much room. Get a new one that isn't very big, put cloths and stuff in it and place it in your suitcase. Toss it before leaving the hotel.
You can also buy a small blech/plata/hotplate which is much easier to pack and will take up very little room in a suitcase and just heat up the food for an hour on that.

BH, I just placed the orders for the chitas.
But then it will arrive before their weddings  :'(

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: IHG nights for sale
« on: August 25, 2020, 04:23:40 AM »
i have a free night up to 40k points for sale $110. expires mid setember
Good luck but if you are serious about selling with such short expiration I would offer at around $85-90 and go down from there.

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: IHG nights for sale
« on: August 24, 2020, 02:12:52 PM »
@Elikip has one - 7 posts above.
Thanks. I'm doing something else in the end.

Goods For Sale/Trade / Re: IHG nights for sale
« on: August 24, 2020, 03:45:55 AM »
Are there any unlimited nights left out there?

Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: August 09, 2020, 08:47:41 AM »
I, personally, am disappointed with the way it was handled.  I certainly understand the positive economic aspects, but it still leaves a bad taste in the public's mouth.

My family is still in the U.S. and would love to visit.  They also spend plenty of money on dining, lodging, and shopping every visit.  Why should they be treated differently?
If they are willing to take Covid tests before and after arrival and quarantine for two weeks, they should be allowed in (I am stating my opinion, not the official policy).

I am not crazy about giving/receiving blankets as it is kinda generic.
I've never seen a baby shower/Bris/Kiddush where the family didn't end up with four/five blankets to add to all the other ones from previous births.

I liked the idea of personalized bathrobes for the Babies/Toddlers.

Up In The Air / Re: Ex-TLV Routes and Flights Discussions
« on: May 10, 2020, 12:36:39 PM »
Are EU citizens not allowed to enter Greece and Cyprus?
Cyprus is an Island so it's easy to isolate. Greece is a whole other story. 

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: Masks
« on: April 08, 2020, 05:41:11 AM »
Osher Ad is selling them for about 10 shekel a piece.

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: ElAL repatriation flights
« on: March 31, 2020, 10:16:12 PM »
Elal pilots are on unpaid leave already. Wake up and smell the coffee.

30 hours rt flying, assuming $6k/h fuel is already 180k, add to that staff (double crews), landing fees, catering, etc

Remember they likely cannot fill the plane, and there are no business class passengers to help subsidize the economy passengers.

I am skeptical if Elal is making money on this at all.
Hua? It takes 15 hours to get to India?
Oh and BTW, the Israeli government subsidized those flights and they still charged $1500 for a one way ticket.

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: ElAL repatriation flights
« on: March 26, 2020, 07:26:11 PM »
Pretty much, you want them to eat the fixed costs so they can bring down the price of the flight.
Not sure how you got that from what I wrote.
My point was that they aren't spending anything extra to operate those flights such as hiring new staff, leasing more planes, paying for new distribution channels, etc'. Rather, they are mostly using resources they already have.

Therefore, the price for those flights should be similar or even lower then what they usually charge unless they are trying to squeeze the last dime out of people who have no other options. Since that is the case, I really don't see why we are using taxpayers' money to bail out such a company instead of using it for the public health system.

COVID-19 Discussion Board / Re: ElAL repatriation flights
« on: March 26, 2020, 05:03:21 PM »
I'm not sure why you think anyone deserves the service for free because they need to pay the fixed costs anyway.
Did I say anything about free? Let them charge a normal price with a nice profit instead of abusing peoples misfortune.

There are variable costs such as fuel etc which you need to take into account. Then you have to fly empty for 15+ hours to go pick up the group.
Plus they are not 'paying the staff anyway'. They have the option to put them on unpaid leave per Israeli law, so there is an opportunity cost here.
I doubt they are putting everyone on unpaid leave. The law-level employees for sure but the Pilots? Management?  Basically, the people costing the airline the most money will still be paid. Besides, fuel prices have plummeted so their variable cost is less then usual, not more.

Even if they are flying one way empty, it doesn't make sense to charge 250% the usual fare ($1550 for one way from India as opposed to $600-750 round trip it usually costs) so yes, they are exploiting the situation and they care about Israelis almost less then they care about Charedim.

The most annoying thing about it is that they are making themselves out to be some patriotic heroes rescuing Israelis from all over the world and they are using these claims to squeeze money from the taxpayers so that they can continue to run a mediocre airline with terrible costumer service and pay exorbitant salaries to pilots on our dime.

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